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Alternative Uses For Coffee Grounds

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You finished your cup of coffee, and you are about to toss out the coffee grounds, don’t! I have a ton of Alternative Uses For Coffee Grounds around your home and even outdoors that will amaze you. From using coffee grounds for plants, helping reduce cellulite, creating a clarifying mask, and even using coffee grounds as a fertilizer. I have a bunch of ways to reuse coffee grounds. Coffee is great for giving you that energy boost to start your day, but it is also useful in the home as well.

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Alternative Uses For Coffee Grounds

I am the type that really loves to drink coffee. I need one of those mugs that shows a level of coffee of when it is okay to talk to me (once I finish the first cup). I feel like a zombie without my beloved cup of joe. Whether I add my favorite creamer, a splash of cinnamon, or drink it black with a hint of sugar. Don’t even get me started on frappes and iced coffees, I love it in all forms! If you are like me and have a handful of grounds on hand, consider getting creative with those coffee grounds.

Uses For Coffee Grounds That Will Make You Look At The Cup Of Coffee In A Whole New Way


If you struggle with cellulite, try this DIY hack. You can use coffee grounds to help stimulate your skin and reduce cellulite. SImply take grounds and mix with olive oil to create a thicker paste. Then apply to the area you are having troubles with and wrap in plastic wrap. Let it stay on for around an hour and then hop in the shower and rinse it off. You can do this a few times a week. The caffeine in the grounds can really help, but again this isn’t a cure-all to cellulite. Learn more here.

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Take some a cup of dish soap and mix with a tablespoon of coffee grounds. Use this to sprinkle around plants to act as a way to keep bugs away.

Coffee Grounds As Fertilizer For Garden

When you are working on the beds over to prepare for another year of gardening add in a cup of old grounds. This is a great way to add nutrients to the soil and help your plants thrive. Coffee grounds are highly acidic so plants that like the acidic soil is what you want to use to fertilize with.


Acne Troubles

Coffee grounds are great for anyone who has acne problems. Take a few coffee grounds and mix with some honey to make a paste. Then apply to the troubled area and it will do its magic. Let it stand on the skin for 5-10 minutes and then rinse clean. The honey will help unclog pores, the coffee will reduce redness and shrink your acne.

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Add a pinch of coffee grounds to a little olive oil. With a rag or q-tip apply to the scratched area on wood furniture. let it sit and then buff lightly to help hide the scratch marks.


When you go shopping for perfume toss a little baggy of fresh grounds in a bag in your purse. In between smelling new fragrances, sniff the grounds. This will help remove the scent of the other perfumes so you can truly get a good feel of what the perfume will smell like.

Deodorizer for Fridge

You can take a cup of fresh grounds and place in a bowl in your fridge or freezer. This will help draw out any odors and neutralize the air. Just toss the grounds out and replace new each month.

Clarifying Mask For Hair


Mix a paste out of honey and grounds and then apply to hair and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then wash like normal. It will give your hair a nice shine and really add moisture to your scalp.

Carrots For Growth

If you plan to plant carrots in your garden take dried coffee grounds and mix in with the soil, it will really boost the growth of your carrots. They love and thrive when you mix in grounds. A little bit of grounds goes a long way.

img 2334Brown Hair Vibrancy Treatment

If your brown hair gets dull fast, try this treatment. Steep your coffee grounds in a cup of hot water and let it cool. Then pour it on your hair and place a bag on head and let it sit for 45 minutes. Rinse in lukewarm water and it will really add vibrancy to the hair.

Flea Killer

Rub coffee grounds onto your pet’s fur and rinse well, it will kill fleas that are on their skin and coat. It also will help give them a nice shine to their coat.

Abrasive For Cleaning


Add coffee grounds to a cloth and use it to naturally clean stuck on food on pots and pans and even counters. Then rinse and wash like normal. Coffee grounds are like a natural abrasive.

Cleaning Fireplace

Before you clean up old ash sprinkle coffee grounds over it, to help weigh it down. This will help prevent a huge cloud of dust floating up when you go to clean it.

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Put old coffee grounds on or around ant hills to kill them. Or if they are getting in your house through a crack in the wall or window, place grounds where they are getting in.

Meat Tenderizer

If you add a teaspoon of fresh coffee grounds as a meat marinade it will help tenderize the meat and give it a nice smokey flavor when it is cooked.

Darken Clothes

If you have brown clothes that are looking dull, add in a cup of coffee when you wash it to help add vibrancy and color. The coffee will help stain the clothes, only use for brown clothing.

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Monday 16th of February 2015

WOW! I really had no clue about a ton of these tips! Thanks so much!

Emily Lambert McKnight

Sunday 15th of February 2015

I had no idea that coffee grounds kill fleas! That is really useful information!

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